Literary Friday, Halloween Edition
Let’s set the scene first with a song from South Louisiana’s Pine Leaf Boys singing about the loup garou, or Cajun werewolf, as you peruse the Literary Friday links.
All secrets are revealed, including a final bombshell, in our readalong of Diane Chamberlain’s The Silent Sister over at Traveling With T. Comment on part three if you’re all caught up and then stay tuned for our interview with Diane next week. We promise she’ll explain all those plot points and characters you’ve been wondering about!
Spooky Literary News
Our final interview before the Louisiana Book Festival is with Michael H. Rubin, whose novel The Cottoncrest Curse combines a cursed plantation, bloody murder-suicide and key figures from Louisiana history.
Traveling With T also has a review and giveaway for Mary Burton’s Nashville mystery Cover Your Eyes, along with 5 Books That Go Bump in the Night.
It wouldn’t be Halloween without a mention of the master of macabre Edgar Allan Poe. Radio Open Source wants to know your favorite Poe story, poem or essay.
The Wilds author Julia Elliott writes about The New Southern Gothic, which she describes as dilapidated plantation houses and rotted shacks, eccentric or loony characters, grotesquery galore, and a general sense of entropy, over at The Huffington Post.
In case that’s not enough, there’s always our list of 11 Mysteries to Read in October.
UndeadCon in New Orleans starts today and runs through November 2, with Anne Rice (pictured) and Christopher Rice as guest authors and events that include a Vampire Ball, All Saints Cemetery Picnic and author panels.
Vestavia Hills Library in Alabama will hold a Walking Dead in the Forest “Walking Dead” trivia contest, costume contest and more tonight.
Save the date for the Louisiana Book Festival November 1 in Baton Rouge with authors Jill McCorkle, Natalie Baszile, Rick Bragg, James Carville, Laura Lane McNeal, Ernest Gaines and lots more.
The Festival of Words will take place in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, November 6-8 with literary readings by nationally recognized authors, creative writing workshops, a community stage for open mics, drive-by poetry and more.
Mississippi Poet Laureate and former United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will perform with the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra November 6, narrating the world premiere of the orchestral version of her Pulitzer Award-winning poem “Native Guard.”
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans has a booksigning with Pimento Cheese cookbook author Pere Coleman Magness November 8.
Save the date for signings at Square Books in Oxford in November, including Rick Bragg on November 17 and Ron Rash on November 20.
Wiley Cash visits Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia, November 17 for the paperback release ofThis Dark Road to Mercy.
New in Southern Voice
The Wolf Boy, a story about a young boy raised by a pack of wolves who becomes a track star in a small Georgia town, by Howard Reeves and Seizure, a poetic tribute to the late Southern novelist William Gay, by Patricia L. Hamilton.
To find out more about your favorite Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android and perfect for those fall road trips.